The country’s first animal obesity clinic was opened by the Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at its Henry and Lois Foster Hospital for Small Animals in North Grafton, Massachusetts, earlier this month.
Staffed by three American College of Veterinary Nutrition board-certified nutritionists, the Tufts Obesity Clinic for Animals will create weight loss plans for people's cats and dogs, reports TuftsDaily.com.
Lisa Freeman, professor of clinical sciences at the Cummings School, told TuftsDaily.com: “I think a lot of people are either not aware that their animal is overweight or of the negative health consequences of being overweight. This is a place that they can come to get really comprehensive care in both preventing and treating obesity.”
For just $250, a pet gets a four to six check-ups and the pet owner can contact the on-call nutritionist with questions at any time.
Research Assistant Professor at Cummings Deborah Linder said: “I just really want to get the word out that obesity is so common and that it’s harmful... Diets out there marketed for weight management are all over the place in calorie content. Pets could potentially gain weight while eating weight management cat or dog food."
Without treatment, pet obesity can lead to pancreatitis, hyperlipidemia, joint disease and skin disease, according to the Cummings School website.